June 27, 2011
Computerworld is reporting some very disturbing news. Apparently, Firefox 4 (the browser they shipped 3 months ago) is being retired from security updates. According to Mozilla, version 4 of Firefox has reached the End of Life and they're now instructing people to download Firefox 5.
I have a better idea. If they're going to EOL a 3-month old browser, how about I uninstall Firefox and just download Chrome instead?
Lots of people are saying that this spells certain doom for Firefox in the corporate environment and that companies will have to switch to IE to maintain stability. I really hope that's not the case. Versions of IE do tend to stick around...certainly beyond their welcome, and frequently beyond their due date (even Microsoft is asking for help eliminating IE6 from the internet. It's like the smallpox of internet browsers), and they've not always been ... uhh, sterling in terms of security.
I will take this moment to remind you that Chrome is available as an MSI for all of your GPO distribution needs...
Anyway, if you're in the boat of having to support Firefox in the enterprise, I feel for you. Let me know what you're doing to work around this. I know what it's like, and we can't afford to spend time testing a full new release every three months.